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Tennessee woman faces drunk driving charges after accident

Any kind of car accident involving driving under the influence can result in serious criminal consequences. When an accident results in the death of a person, drunk driving charges can escalate and entail jail time if a conviction is obtained. Recently, a Tennessee woman was arrested on drunk driving and other charges after a teen injured in the crash she allegedly caused died in the hospital.

The accident happened on a Friday night in mid-May. A 31-year-old woman was driving her car when she struck another vehicle. That vehicle contained a mother, her teenage son and the boy's girlfriend. All three of them needed to be extricated from the vehicle and transported for medical care. The boy, set to graduate from high school, died two days after the crash.

What is the Implied Consent charge ?

In Tennessee ,  drivers have given their implied consent to take a chemical test to determine one's blood lacohol level. Here is how it works. If a police officer has reasonable suspicion that a person was driving under the influence of alcohol , a police officer can request they submit to a blood ot breath test to determine the alcohol or drug content.

Man faces driving under the influence charges in Tennessee

Some may only associate drunk driving charges or related incidents with acts committed on roadways. However, it is important to note that being inebriated behind the wheel while driving through a parking lot can lead to charges of driving under the influence just as easily as if a vehicle was being driven on a roadway. A recent incident at a Tennessee Home Depot led to charges against one man.

The incident unfolded as the man hit a pedestrian in a Home Depot parking lot. When police arrived at the scene, they performed field sobriety tests on the individual who hit the pedestrian. There was no word as to whether the pedestrian suffered any injuries.

The Tennessee Blood Alcohol Report

In Tennessee DUI cases , a blood alcohol amount can be reported in blood alcohol level or blood alcohol levels . In blood cases , the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has to generate a report . It must contain the following information pursuant to Tennessee Code annotated 55-10-408 (b).

What is the blood alcohol Limit in Tennessee ?

Just the other day in court , I was in shock when a fellow lawyer asked me what the blood alcohol limit is in Tennessee .Some lawyers think anybody can handle a DUI case without any specialized knowledge. Since I have been defending DUI cases for over 20 years , lawyers routinely ask me some questions . A lawyer handling DUI cases should know the basics. 

A vigorous defense may be needed when there are prior convictions

A DUI charge can lead to serious criminal consequences that can have an immediate impact on your life. If you have a previous DUI conviction on your record, it is important to understand how that previous conviction can impact your case. Prior convictions on your record mean a more vigorous defense may be needed and may prove beneficial when facing new charges in Tennessee.

A subsequent offense can mean jail time if and when a conviction is secured. The fines for a second offense also increase, and even more so for subsequent offenses. If the DUI is a fourth offense, it will likely be pursued as a felony charge, which can have lifelong consequences in the event of a guilty finding.

Crash leads to vehicular homicide charges for Tennessee woman

A woman is facing serious charges stemming from a deadly accident in the winter. The Tennessee car accident left two men dead and the driver of another vehicle jailed. The woman alleged to have caused the crash is accused of a number of charges, the most serious of which are several different counts of vehicular homicide. She was scheduled to appear in court on May 6.

The accident took place at an intersection as two men were in a stopped car. The car was behind two other vehicles and was occupied by two men, ages 66 and 64. Reportedly, the accused woman came off a bridge in a Tundra and hit the car in which the two men sat. They were rushed to a Nashville hospital, but both died as a result of the accident.

Tennessee woman faces drunk driving charges

People who have been accused of driving under the influence may be seen in a negative light by members of the local community. However, the justice system presumes these individuals to be innocent unless proved guilty. One woman in Tennessee is currently facing this scenario after being arrested on drunk driving charges.

According to police, the woman, 32, was driving on a late April morning when the incident that led to her arrest occurred. In the car with her were her two children, ages 7 and 10. At around 7:20 a.m., the woman reportedly crashed at a local elementary school.

Vehicular assault charges in Tennessee require aggressive help

While any kind of accident may lead to serious consequences, an accident that results in criminal charges can necessitate experienced and dedicated legal help. If an accident in Tennessee results in charges of vehicular assault and involves alcohol, jail time may be a distinct possibility.  Nevertheless, just because a serious accident does involve alcohol does not automatically mean the individual involved should face vehicular assault charges.

Any case involving alcohol can get complicated. Simply because alcohol is considered to have been a factor does not mean that alcohol caused the injuries, death or damages. To pursue vehicular assault or vehicular homicide charges because of alcohol involvement, it must be proven that the use of alcohol was the cause of the accident and, therefore, the direct cause of injuries or death.

Tennessee woman arrested for driving under the influence

Being pulled over for a traffic offense can open the door to bigger legal problems if police believe there may be other issues aside from the reason they initially stopped the driver. In fact, being pulled over for speeding can lead to charges of driving under the influence if police suspect a driver is impaired. In Tennessee, a woman was apparently driving over the speed limit, and a DUI arrest was the end result.

The incident happened on a Sunday along a local roadway in the Lynwood Park area of Franklin. The police reportedly clocked the woman's vehicle and contend that she was going 41 mph in a 30 mph zone. The police also report that the woman, a 57-year-old, did not pull over when they first attempted to get her to stop.